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Inspector Hobbes and the Bones: Cozy Mystery Comedy Crime Fantasy: Volume 4 (unhuman) by Wilkie Martin

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List Price: £9.99


Paperback: 348 Pages.

Published: 16 December 2016 by The Witcherley Book Company

ISBN: 1910302023

EAN: 9781910302026

There’s going to be trouble. Andy Caplet’s wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he loses nearly everything in a storm. Amazing both himself and his unhuman friend Inspector Hobbes, he heroically rescues flood victims and uncovers something shocking.

Is Andy being set up for blackmail by the apparently charming young woman who attempts to seduce him, or is something even more sinister afoot? Hobbes certainly believes so, and he’s getting worried.

This is the fourth in Wilkie Martin’s unhuman series of cosy comedy crime fantasies.


3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Unfunny Puns and Slapstick

This is a lightweight detective mystery with some fantasy characters including the eponymous Inspector Hobbes.

Andy Caplet's wife has gone away for a while and he gets made homeless following a storm. He ends up staying with his friend Inspector Hobbes and gets caught up in an investigation into some bones.

I really struggled with this book. The main problem was the humour. The humour was not clever but rather the book was liberally dotted with puns and slapstick. Andy is very clumsy so we are provided with a very slapstick selection of prat falls and trips with supposedly humourous results. I felt the author tried far too hard to introduce this throughout the book. The puns and corny jokes are prolific at the start which irritated me and left me wanting to give up after approximately three chapters. I did persevere and it did calm down a bit but I never found it funny, merely irritating.

The story itself is basic. In fact there is very little depth throughout the book. The solution all seemed to lie with a selection of fantasy characters about which we are told very little. To be fair, however, this is the first book in the series that I have read so it is possible that these characters were explained in a previous book.

Andy Caplet is a rather stupid and unfunny character. He never seems to have any idea what is going on around him, never does as he is told and shows a distinct disregard for other people. Quite how he is married is beyond me! None of the characters are really explored in depth leaving a rather cardboard plot with cardboard characters.

I couldn't bring myself to give this book two stars - yes it was unfunny and cardboard but not horrendous. However, it is not quite a three star either - more of a 2.5.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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